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Can I go swimming with a UTI?

By Anonymous July 2, 2011 - 9:19am
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So, the cranberry juice thing after a lot of studying from hemopathic doctors is true. It can help cure and prevent a UTI because components of the cranberry including D-mannose help keep the bacteria from attaching itself. BUT very important it cannot be the common cranberry juice most people pick up to drink. It has to be pure cranberry juice without being cut with water, sugar and other juices. Personally I can’t get it down. It is more sour than pure lemon juice to me. That’s why I take cranberry in pill form. And I take a lot. The comment about it making in burn more because of acidity is not true. Certain citrus does make it burn more (stay away from orange juice!) but certain acids become alkaline and therefore have a different effect once run through the body. This is all very complicated but from my (vast at this point) research (from naturopathic doctors) things to help: cranberry in pure form, lemon juice or lemon in water (yes surprisingly-it’s one of the complicated citruses that changes and helps fight infection), vitamin C, D-Mannose, high quality Pro-biotic And always lots and lots of water. There’s other herbs that they recommend that you can look up, but the above seem to be the all agreed upon recommend. I’m trying to cure myself naturally from this point forward because the continued frequent anti-biotic use can not only make them less effective but also put you on a cycle of making the infections come back. If you do try healing yourself naturally always Always pay attention to if your experiencing and kidney pain because you need to see a Dr if you do. Never mess around with the kidneys. And you can take these things as a preventative and also with antibiotics. Especially the pro-biotics.

March 17, 2019 - 8:17am
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I have recently discovered cranberry juice is not as good for our bladders as we had thought. Its is highly acidic. This can cause even more of a burning sensation. Water is best! Also try mixes like cucumber water, cucumber is a natural anti inflammatory.

June 7, 2015 - 7:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi umm cranberry juice does help with a uti. I had one and drank cranberry juice and helped.

June 13, 2017 - 8:51am

There is no evidence that tub or pool water enters into the bladder during swimming. It is safe to swim if you have a UTI.

Wet swimsuits, however, are the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and potentially enter the urethra leading to a UTI. Rinse with clean water and change into dry clothing as soon as you are done swimming.

Remember to drink plenty of non-carbonated, non-caffeinated beverages. Water is best!

Hope this helps.

Crystal Fornes

July 2, 2011 - 10:17am
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Anonymous (reply to cfornes)

It is imortant to know that can get a UTI from swimming in a public pool due to E. Coli and other organisms. This information given is incomplete and inaccurate and irresponsible. A specialist in urology should be answering this question.

April 18, 2013 - 1:36am
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January 19, 2017 - 12:49pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You are misunderstanding her response she is stating that it is the wet swimsuit that causes the infection not the water itself. The swimsuit with harbor the bacteria and travel up into your body, definitely. Especially in public pools , the ocean and tubs. Swimming naked in your own pool or a highly disinfected Rubin your own tub with Epsom salt for only 15 mins is the best way to go. My daughter has issues with this problem and she has a urologist who suggests this. When she swims she has to get out of the swimsuit immediately and can NEVER sit in it and must shower right after swimming. I usually stay away from
Public pools because they are not always disinfected as well as my own and with the ocean never let sand accumulate in her suit and have her rinse in shower ASAP and change. She must drink ALOT of water, 8 to 10 glasses a day, eat wAtermelon often and cranberry juice whenever possible. If she is in antibiotics I always give her probiotics , and I try to get her to eat yogurt regularly when she isn't on Antibiotic. If she won't eat the yogurt I have her take the probiotics. They are available in chewable so hope this was helpful!

July 31, 2014 - 10:21am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

If one is being treated w/CIPRO for a UTI, eating high calcium foods like yogurt can dramatically lower the beneficial effects of the medication. Take probiotics, but good ones in powder form - not via yogurt.
Otherwise, thanks for your helpful info. and best of luck for your daughter!

July 2, 2016 - 6:31am
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